The General Telecommunication Authority (GTA) announced on Wednesday the launch of an international tender for a fixed and mobile licence covering Libyan territory. The GTA will grant one combined licence to one service provider. A GTA spokesman said the move was aimed at, ‘stimulating the telecommunications market in Libya.’ The closing date for bids is 13 May, and the winner is expected to be announced in June.
There are currently no private telecoms operators in Libya. The state-owned General Posts and Telecommunications Company (GPTC) is the only fixed line service provider. GPTC has 100% ownership of the two mobile operators Libyana and Al-Madar.